I have been making the statement in my presentations for years that “people will believe anything.” The reason for this is that man does not have the capability for autonomous discernment of truth. That is, man has proven that he cannot, on his own, develop an objective absolute reference point from which to determine truth.

Since the Fall in the Garden of Eden this situation has been clearly in play. This lack of ability is true for all people whether young or old, male or female, educated or ignorant. 

However, it is my observation that those who believe and study the entire Bible have an advantage (concerning this problem) over those who do not. This is because all of the information in the Bible comes from God who is outside of and way above man’s limited perspective. This makes sense because only the omniscient God can provide that objective reference place from which truth can be discerned.

People will believe anything especially if they do not have that absolute reference position from which to view the evidences of the universe. Another way of saying this is that those who reject the Bible have substituted a worldview which lacks the absolute position from which to determine truth.

In the Western culture of today, the dominant worldview is the Secular. Secularism is based on a naturalistic way of looking at the universe and requires a belief in macroevolution. It is also my observation that those with a secular worldview have a high propensity for demonstrating the characteristic of “believing anything.” Even those with great intelligence and high education are very likely to believe anything if they cling to the secular worldview.

For example, here follow some things that intelligent, highly educated men with secular worldviews have said they believe:

  1. Many say they believe in the Law of Biogenesis (Life only comes from life) and concede that the spontaneous generation of a living organism is impossible. Yet they still say they believe that life originally came from inorganic materials and was therefore initially spontaneously generated.
  2. Some say they believe that life came to be on the earth in the past through the efforts of intelligent civilizations from other planets in the universe.
  3. Some say they believe life evolved in spurts (punctuated equilibrium) that are not discernable in the fossils of the rock record or in the present world. That is, they say they believe that life variety is a result of a process for which there is absolutely zero scientific evidence.
  4. Many say they believe that evolution is the only thinkable truth. They say evolution is a general condition to which all theories, all hypotheses, all systems must bow and which they must satisfy henceforward if they are to be thinkable and true. This way of believing is a philosophical or religious position and is not scientific.
  5. Many say they believe that man evolved from ape-like creatures over a period of millions of years.

Please notice that I have depicted these positions from the standpoint that “they say they believe” rather than “they believe.” I have found that often these intelligent and highly educated individuals don’t really believe in these ideas, but for one reason or another have found themselves in a philosophical corner that they cannot get themselves out of. Nevertheless, since these individuals are intelligent and highly educated they are considered to be authoritative; and so many others do end up believing in the ridiculous positions. The things these positions have in common is an attempt to reject the Creator God.

To a person with a Biblical Christian worldview these ideas, and many more like them, are completely incredible. And, true science does not verify them either. The Apostle Paul, in the Bible, explains how the Creator God thinks about and handles those who choose to reject Him:

The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness. Since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.

For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.

Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshipped and served created things rather than the Creator – who is forever praised. Amen. Romans 1:18-25.


For more on this subject get the book The Creation Dialogues. Click on the book image to find out more.







J.D. Mitchell

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